1. Warm the crib with a warm towel
What might be bothering your baby is the cold of his sheets after the warmth of your arms. Doctors discourage parents from using blankets for at least a year after birth. Instead, doctors suggest warm pajamas or swaddling. You could also try running a towel through the dryer and setting it on the sheets for a few minutes before bed. Be sure you remove it before lying your little one down to sleep.
2. Keep the room dust free
Is your baby struggling with nasal congestion at night? It might be because of allergens present in the room. Little babies are primarily nose breathers and won’t sleep well when their nasal passages are inflamed. Dust frequently and remove fuzzy blankets and animals that might attract dust to help baby sleep better.
3. Switch between mom and dad for bedtime routines
This way, if Mom is busy it won’t be traumatic to the baby to be put to sleep by Dad. Plus, moms tend to spend more time with babies and have more chances for bonding. Bedtime can be a good chance for dad and baby to have one-on-one interactions, which will help build a stronger relationship.
4. Practice daytime mellowing
When you have a bad day, don’t you find you tend to sleep worse that night? The same goes for babies. Cuddle and soothe your baby as often as you can during the day and they’ll be less irritable at bedtime. Plus, you’ll have a happier daytime baby.
5. Try “fathering down.”
I’d never heard of this until recently, but I can testify of its truthfulness. Some nights when my son gets really riled up, it seems only his dad can soothe him to sleep. Fathering down is the technique of the father nestling the baby on his chest, resting his chin on the baby’s head. Dad then hums, sings, or makes shushing sounds, which resonate at a deeper level than mom’s voice reaches. The vibration, then, is what eases baby to sleep.